By Charlie Knoxville
It was all over the news and the web, Floyd Mayweather Jr. calls Manny Pacquiao and talks to him on the phone. Everyone thought this would bring us much close to the super-fight, but it doesn’t seem likely.
Manny Pacquiao made the conversation quick, and requested a 50/50 split which is fair in this case, but Floyd Mayweather sent out this email statement to ESPN shooting down the 50/50 split:
“He asked about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can’t happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me than you have made in your career. I also let him know I’m in control on my side and he needs to get on the same page as his promoter so we can make this fight happen.”
Basically it’s Floyd’s way of saying “I don’t want the fight.”
All of the Floyd Mayweather fanatics were putting the blame on Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum — these people are so biased it’s not even funny. Just because Floyd calls Manny out on Twitter doesn’t mean anything, it’s all a smokescreen to act like he wants the fight. Floyd has done this many times before, just like he lied about there not being a 2nd round of negotiations and decided to go on vacation instead of fighting Manny, and how he said Manny Pacquiao was next and later told a reporter he never said that. Floyd is a liar, even the Judge who postponed his jail sentence denied insisting on a May 5th date. A spokeswoman for Judge Saragosa said on Thursday that, “the judge ordered the defendant (Floyd Mayweather) to surrender at a particular time on June 1st. That was the order.” Nothing in Saragosa’s order precluded Mayweather from boxing on a different date. (Source) As you can see only the June 1st surrender date cannot be moved back, but the May 5th date can be moved to late May.
Now Floyd’s lawyer Richard Wright is claiming they can’t move from the May 5th date because they have an obligation to the MGM Grand, well there have been MANY fights that were able to change their date and venue! This is all another way for Floyd to duck Manny Pacquiao. All Floyd is doing is fooling us and using Pacquiao’s name to sell his own fight and to justify him fighting a different opponent by saying “Pacquiao ducked me, that’s why I had to fight this guy on May 5th.” They could easily move from the May 5th date! Reserving a date means nothing because they have no opponent and no tickets have been sold! If there was an opponent and they sold tickets and reserved rooms there would be a big problem and MGM could lose a lot of money but Floyd has no opponent and no tickets have been sold.
It’s clear that Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t want to negotiate, he wants everything on his terms, the May 5th date, the venue, the blood testing, and he wants the higher purse split. If he really wanted the fight he would already contact Top Rank and negotiate the fight in a professional manner and not on Twitter or Facebook so his gullible fans can buy into his call out.
This is what Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN, “Obviously, in order to make things happen, we need to take this out of the realm of the public and social media and telephone calls and into private rooms and sit down and start moving the ball forward,” duBoef said. “That’s the way deals get done, not using social media to go back and forth in public. It will be far more productive to sit down and discuss the issues and hammer out a deal in a room.”
Now lets go over this one more time:
– Floyd Mayweather is unwilling to negotiate a late May fight date after Judge Saragosa never said he can only fight on May 5th.
– Floyd Mayweather told Manny Pacquiao he cannot have a 50/50 split
– Floyd Mayweather hasn’t advised his team to call Top Rank and start serious negotiations with Team Pacquiao
So there you have it folks, Mayweather once again tried to sway the public’s opinion on his side only to get exposed once again as a ducker.
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I am an avid fan of boxing and video games. My first fight of memory was watching Prince Naseem Hamed destroy Kevin Kelly. I enjoy all aspects of the sport. My favorite current boxer is Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. My favorite boxing match is Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo 1. I love watching boxing on Pay-Per-View more than being there live because you can really enjoy and watch the action from the best view.